Vedder River Rotary Trail - Chilliwack
This 12.7-mile trail features several routes, with the main one starting at the North Dyke Trail and ending at Vedder Park. For the first 3.5km, the trail follows the river providing great views of the beautiful landscape. The wildlife includes ducks, geese, and eagles. After the starting 3.5km, the trail then diverts away from the river.
The Vedder River Rotary Trail joins the Peach Creek Rotary Trail and then moves back towards the river. It continues through the beautifully designed bridge into the Hopedale parking lot. Here, you would find several benches for hikers to take a short break.
While at it, visitors can also take in the fantastic views of the area. This is not the trail's end as it continues underneath the train bridge and then into a small wooden bridge before adjoining the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. Hikers would also get past a forested area. The metal gate marks the end of the trail.
Beyond the trail’s route, getting to it is also easy peasy--an estimated 1hr 30 minutes’ drive time from Vancouver. This 8km route trail is located in the heart of Chilliwack, so get into highway #1 (Trans Canada Highway). The route continues through Surrey, Langley, and Abbotsford to the Fraser Valley.
Essential Facilities1. Pets
The Vedder River Rotary Trail supports pets such as dogs, but they have to be on a leash. Visitors can walk their dogs, but they have to take responsibility for them. Please make sure to carry poop bags in case your pet litters the ground.
The Vedder River Rotary Trail includes toilets at strategic points of the Vedder River Rotary Trail. One is close to the playground, at the Hopedale Parking Lot; the other is near the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.
3. Parking Space
There are several parking spaces associated with the Vedder River Rotary Trail. One of the most accessible is along the north side of the river, near the new Vedder bridge.
Highlights of the Vedder River Rotary Trail
Most parts of the trails are flat and suitable for small children strollers. These grounds are also perfect for horse and bike riding. It is such a diverse trail, going through farms, meadows, uphill forests, riverbanks, and the creeks.
You sure will enjoy the most captivating sceneries and experiences in this trail:
So many residents and visitors enjoy fishing or even watching professional fishermen ply their trade. The trail also allows for picnicking and swimming. The river beds usually get busy with swimmers when there is a low water level.
The Vedder River Rotary Trail is not some boring route with just plain sights. There are so many attractions to keep visitors excited.
The trail is a holy grail of sight exploration. It constitutes features like huge mountains, roaring rivers, and peaceful forestry. This combination of features attracts unique wildlife, including the ducks, geese, and eagles.
This wildlife paradise has viewing platforms along the rails to watch and enjoy the birds. The Blue Heron Nature Reserve includes these platforms.
One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Chilliwack is by picnicking. Get your blanket and a couple of family members and friends with you to relish a cutting-edge view of the area. If you want a great picnic spot with a blend of fascinating nature, the Vedder River Rotary Trail is the place.
A grand opening marked the completion of the Looping of the Vedder Rotary Trail in Chilliwack. This celebration of the riverside trail upgrade was such a magnificent event, with several dignitaries in attendance. This was the pilot for so many other events that have taken place in the Vedder River Rotary Trail and will continue to take place.
Along the trail, there is also a building with a display of education-related items. You can have a stop there or pay a visit to the gift shop nearby. These stores sell all forms of educational items and gifts.
Points to Note
Due to the COVID-19 guidelines and other relevant factors, there are several health-based protocols in place to ensure your safety is guaranteed while going about these fun activities.
Lastly, camping is not supported in the Vedder River Rotary Trail at this point.
Also view: Chilliwack Cultural Centre